Sooke council

The Sooke Lions Club hopes to build a community centre and other public amenities and John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)

Sooke Lions will host town hall meeting to discuss park proposal

Plan includes a community centre, daycare, clubhouse, offices, outdoor stage and concession

The Sooke Lions Club hopes to build a community centre and other public amenities and John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)
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Council this week: Sooke staff urge councillors to deny variance for housing project

Developer wants to build two six-storey buildings with 161 residential rental units

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The District of Sooke’s police budget is $2,443,607 but only covers the regular operations of the RCMP. Major crimes, such as murders, terrorism and cocaine trafficking, are handled differently, say officials. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Hefty bill for homicide investigation could lead to tax hike, warns Sooke mayor

‘We’re a growing community, and our problems grow with it,’ says Mayor Maja Tait

The District of Sooke’s police budget is $2,443,607 but only covers the regular operations of the RCMP. Major crimes, such as murders, terrorism and cocaine trafficking, are handled differently, say officials. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke district council is continuing its review of the official community plan. The OCP is expected to go to public hearing by this summer. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke council reviews draft OCP chapter by chapter

OCP blueprint for community development

Sooke district council is continuing its review of the official community plan. The OCP is expected to go to public hearing by this summer. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Grants are available to encourage programs that enhance the quality of life for Sooke residents. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Council approves $83,440 in community grants for local non-profits

Each year a portion of the Sooke municipal budget is set aside for community support funding

Grants are available to encourage programs that enhance the quality of life for Sooke residents. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council has received three pay raises since 2019. The mayor’s salary is $31,500, with councillors earning $15,750. (Sooke News Mirror file photo)

Sooke politicians’ pay to be tied to consumer price index

District approves pay bumps for councillors, mayor

Sooke council has received three pay raises since 2019. The mayor’s salary is $31,500, with councillors earning $15,750. (Sooke News Mirror file photo)
Norm McInnis will take medical leave while undergoing treatment. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke CAO diagnosed with cancer

Norm McInnis will take medical leave while undergoing treatment

Norm McInnis will take medical leave while undergoing treatment. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
A new District of Sooke recruitment and retention program includes boosts in pay and a goal of supporting firefighters and their families. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Pay boost, other supports part of Sooke plan to recruit and retain firefighters

District program includes a goal of supporting firefighters and their families

A new District of Sooke recruitment and retention program includes boosts in pay and a goal of supporting firefighters and their families. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council continues to debate its draft official community plan. (Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council continues to debate its draft official community plan. (Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke district council gave three readings to a motion that amends a zoning bylaw to reinstate an additional 10 units per hectare for increased underground parking in developments. (Metro-Creative)

Sooke councillors consider support for incentives to boost housing density

Developers urged to build underground parking in exchange for more units

Sooke district council gave three readings to a motion that amends a zoning bylaw to reinstate an additional 10 units per hectare for increased underground parking in developments. (Metro-Creative)
A construction worker balances on a roof beam. The District of Sooke is streamlining its building permit process to allow for quick turnaround times. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke makes ‘huge headway’ on reducing building permit delays

Municipal staff has approved 40 applications in the last three weeks

A construction worker balances on a roof beam. The District of Sooke is streamlining its building permit process to allow for quick turnaround times. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Fire Rescue Station No. 1 is undergoing a major building renovation this spring. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke council OKs $106,761 electrical contract for fire hall

It is part of a $500,000 project to correct deficiencies

Sooke Fire Rescue Station No. 1 is undergoing a major building renovation this spring. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke wants to do more public consultation before proceeding with its official community plan. Council requested staff to schedule an open house on the OCP for this spring. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke looks to have more in-person public input on community plan

Mayor says council connecting with residents important; spring open house on OCP proposed

The District of Sooke wants to do more public consultation before proceeding with its official community plan. Council requested staff to schedule an open house on the OCP for this spring. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke hopes a zoning bylaw amendment will encourage developers to build underground parking. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke’s density bonus program being tweaked

Bylaw change aims to increase underground parking, housing options

The District of Sooke hopes a zoning bylaw amendment will encourage developers to build underground parking. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke wants to thank volunteers with a recognition program. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke looks to establish volunteer recognition program

Aim is to acknowledge residents contributing to community through volunteer efforts

The District of Sooke wants to thank volunteers with a recognition program. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke is reviewing its building permit approval process. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Bylaw change could hold key to building permit backlog in Sooke

It currently takes district planners up to three months to approve permits

The District of Sooke is reviewing its building permit approval process. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke councillors have moved to make the availability of electronic participation permanent at council meetings. (YouTube)

Sooke amending bylaw to allow online council meetings to continue

First three readings given to amendments of council procedure bylaw

Sooke councillors have moved to make the availability of electronic participation permanent at council meetings. (YouTube)
A trash collector making his daily rounds. Calgary-based VDQ-NRG hopes to build a plant in Sooke and take household waste and produce biofuels. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke eyed for new $55-million biofuels plant

Calgary-based company plans to convert garbage to energy

A trash collector making his daily rounds. Calgary-based VDQ-NRG hopes to build a plant in Sooke and take household waste and produce biofuels. (File - Black Press Media)
Natori is located on the east coast of Japan. Sooke and Natori municipal councils hope to sign a sister city agreement in March 2023. (File - iStock)

Sooke asks Natori, Japan to join the family

Communities with longstanding relationship set to become sister cities

Natori is located on the east coast of Japan. Sooke and Natori municipal councils hope to sign a sister city agreement in March 2023. (File - iStock)
District of Sooke council has finalized its 2022 budget. (File-Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke budget gets final approval, but decision not without drama

Councillors approve 6.09% property tax increase for 2022

District of Sooke council has finalized its 2022 budget. (File-Sooke News Mirror)